The Theater: Summer Stock Market

"Straw hats" are back in style. When war cut short the Great American Summer Vacation, summer stock companies began folding fast; some 125 were operating in 1941, only 25 last summer. Last week,100-odd—91 of them employing Equity actors (at a $46 weekly minimum)—were already onstage across the nation; others were lurking in the wings, ready to pounce on July vacationers.

The names on the billboards were big and bright. A few of them: Dame May Whitty, Gloria Swanson, Gregory Peck, Thornton Wilder, Diana Barrymore, Helen Hayes & daughter Mary MacArthur, Gladys Cooper & daughter...

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